As far as I'm concerned, Jimmy can just move his "Late Night" shtick to "The Tonight Show." No changes. Here are some of his strengths.
Jimmy's love of music is never more apparent then when he teams up with guests to do song parodies: "I'm up all night to eat turkey" with Rashida Jones and Carrie Underwood; "Friday" with Stephen Colbert and Taylor Hicks. Remember his freestyle rapping with Alison Brie? Or the time he lip-sync battled with Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Jimmy's impersonations of Neil Young or Bob Dylan are awesome, too. But nothing tops his "History of Rap with Justin Timberlake" sketches. Oh wait, his "Slow Jams the News" just might.
Jimmy's a master at getting celebrities to do things (see musical sketches). They really cut loose playing games Jimmy devises, from a cooler scooter race with Liam Hemsworth to water wars with Ryan Reynolds to beer pong with Betty White (and many others) to flip cup with Kate Upton to beer hockey with Drake. Jimmy loves his beer.
Jimmy's favorite Friday night pastime is showing gratitude to newsmakers, celebrities, inanimate objects or anything else that comes to mind—"Thank you exercise for being the only thing stopping me from getting in shape." The segment has produced two books and great reactions from Roots keyboardist James Poyser. Thank you, Jimmy, for writing thank-you notes.
If you must
I'm hoping NBC doesn't make Jimmy change his style drastically to keep Leno fans happy, but if network bosses insist, here's a harmless idea. Leno had "Headlines," where he read real and bad newspaper headlines. Jimmy can further embrace social media by reading real and wacky tweets. Or he can just keep his #Hashtags skits.
Jimmy Fallon's 1st week guest list
Really? Do you have any doubts the former "Weekend Update" anchor will succeed? Really?
I don't care what other people say, Seth is perfection doing the news on "Weekend Update." Without calling it "Weeknight Update," Seth can use that same deadpan delivery to deliver an extended, news-related monologue nightly.
On "Update," Seth excelled at playing the straight man to crazy characters such as Bill Hader's Stefon, Bobby Moynihan's Drunk Uncle and Vanessa Bayer's Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy. That's a winning combo for "Late Night," too. He'll mine comedy gold mixing up a guest list that includes legit stars and pals--Amy Poehler is his first guest--and wacky reality stars (Shelby the swamp man!), outspoken athletes (Jose Canseco) and newsworthy politicians (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie).
You can't be head writer at "Saturday Night Live" for seven years without loving sketch comedy. And Seth's new studio is within walking distance of his old "SNL" stomping grounds. He can make his mark by doing more sketches that include drop-ins from "SNL" cast members old and new or, as Jimmy has done, with guests ("Ew" with Channing Tatum comes to mind). Seth's hired a writing team that includes former "SNL" and "30 Rock" star John Lutz, former "Update" head writer Alex Baze and other writer-performers. Sketches are a gimme for Seth.
Like Jimmy has Timberlake, Poehler should be a recurring guest on "Late Night" simply to do "Really!?! With Seth and Amy." The old "Weekend Update" bit could bring disarming and hilarious political commentary to the show.
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